Explore Hidden Gardens of Asheville, June 3
Join Buncombe County Master Gardeners for the sixth biennial garden tour and explore six hidden gardens in Asheville.
Saturday, June 3, 2017
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Know your plants
Every unique garden is a learning experience for both the owners and visitors alike. Problems solved, personal interests shared, the joy of turning a vision into reality. Owners and visitors from past garden tours reflect on what they observed and learned:
“One garden was a lovely woodland setting filled with an incredible variety of hostas and other shade plants. It was perfect for seeing how best to integrate those lovely perennials among the existing canopy of hardwood trees, and how to use the autumn leaf litter for mulching and winter protection.” – A Garden Visitor
“Through careful cultivation and marking of each precious native plant, we were able to preserve them and encourage their proliferation throughout our garden.” – A Garden Owner
“I learned about transplanting native plants near pathways so a visitor to the garden has optimal views of the often elusive spring ephemerals.” - A Garden Visitor
“I saw a magnificent sweetbay magnolia in one garden. It was in full bloom and in full sun. I immediately thought about the sweetbay at my house—not in bloom and in full shade. After learning more about this specimen plant from the garden owner, I went home and prepared my magnolia for transplanting to a sunnier location.” - A Garden Visitor
Visit this garden
The Harter Tree Garden straddles a ridge of mature oaks at an elevation of approximately 2400 feet, just east of the Blue Ridge Parkway. The owner has a fascination with trees and has, in effect, created his own private arboretum. In addition to the mature canopy trees that were on the property when the home was completed in 1999, hundreds of understory trees and shrubs, both evergreen and deciduous, have been added to the landscape, including over 30 varieties of Asian maples, a number of dwarf conifers, and other ornamentals. The driveway on this property is very steep.